This year Canadian Thanksgiving and the Jewish High Holy Days are back-to-back; Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, is a time for celebration and reflection on the year that past and what lays ahead. There are 10 days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, when we are hopefully written in the Book of Life for another year. This year, Thanksgiving falls smack in the middle adding another layer of self-reflection and connection with family and friends.
For me, this time of year is always a challenge. I always find myself entering into a major metamorphosis starting early September and ending sometime around late November. Perhaps it is the change of season, or perhaps it is culturally ingrained.
This year is no exception. I have been reflecting a lot on wealth, happiness and what success looks like; for me personally, and for my company, as well as for my clients. Below are some thoughts in the context of my work as a philanthropy advisor and facilitator of legacy and succession plans within families.
Several months ago I presented at the Purposeful Planning Institute in Denver, CO. I had the privilege of meeting with and exchanging ideas with some of North America’s thought leaders on social change and family counsel. As you can imagine I was beside myself in excitement with discussion around wealth and social visions. One such presenter that got my brain buzzing, was Jay Hughes, author, researcher and provocateur. He presented on the four noble professions and it got me thinking about how these professions are represented (or not) within the social enterprise and social profit space.